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COVID-19: Expected Amendments to Labour Code
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

The Government of the Slovak Republic approved on 31 March 2020 further draft bills in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these is also an act amending the Labour Code[1]and other particular laws in the field of employment and social security. You can find a brief summary on this amendment below...

Friday Deadline Looms for Pennsylvania Businesses Seeking Exemption from Shutdown Order
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development ("DCED"), Pennsylvania businesses have until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020 to seek an exemption to Governor Wolf's order requiring "non-life sustaining businesses" to close physical locations. Businesses that do not file their exemption by the deadline may lose the opportunity entirely. The application can be found on the DCED’s website...

OSHA Considerations and COVID-19
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

Even though OSHA has advised that no specific standard covers the novel coronavirus, human resource and safety personnel must be mindful of the generally-applicable standards that might apply. In addition to recording requirements on OSHA 300 logs, there are five standards that merit particular attention in the COVID-19 context...

Corona-Info: The Legislator Acts - We Summarize For You!
Heuking Khn Ler Wojtek, April 2020

The legislator acts - Special regulations on, among other things, deferral of claims, insolvency law, tenancy law and loan agreements in Germany to come. At the end of March, the German legislator adopted special regulations in response to the COVID 19 pandemic in fast-track proceedings. The law was passed by the German parliament (Bundestag) on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and, in a special session, also by the German Federal Council (Bundesrat) on Friday, 27 March, 2020...

Summary of the Statement of the European Data Protection Board on the Processing of Personal Data in the Context of the Pandemic
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, April 2020

With respect to the situation caused by the pandemic and its possible data protection impacts, please find below a summary of the statement of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) on the processing of personal data in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, issued on 19 March 2020. The EDPB starts by emphasizing that “[d]ata protection rules (such as the GDPR) do not hinder measures taken in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic...

COVID-19 - "Antivirus Programme" - Key Financial Assistance for Employers in the Czech Republic - Part II
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

(continuation from Part I - separate article) Part II - "Antivirus Programme" - Financial Assistance to Czech Employers   The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs was mandated by the Government to further prepare a compensation program for entrepreneurs who continue to operate but whose production has decreased due to measures (category C of the Antivirus Programme)...

Relief for Employers During COVID-19 Epidemic
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

Many employers are facing diminishing revenues during the current Covid-19 epidemic. Many of those employers also face the need to reduce overhead. To provide some relief for employers, the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation promulgated Ministerial Resolution No. 279 of 2020 (the “Resolution”) on Employment Stability in Private Sector during the Period of Application of Precautionary Measures to Curb the Spread of Novel Coronavirus...

COVID-19 Labor and Employment Update (March 30, 2020)
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., March 2020

In the evening edition of the Federation’s Official Gazette of March 30, 2020, the General Health Council issued a resolution by which declared the epidemic caused by CoV2 (COVID-19) as a sanitary emergency due to force majeure...

Frequently Asked Question about Labor Law in Times of COVID-19
Carey, March 2020

I. Payment of remunerations by Employers to employees not rendering services Employees subject to medical leave : Normally, the employer is not required to pay remuneration. The employee should receive a subsidy from the relevant health institution...

COVID-19: What Should Employers Take into Account During the Non-Working Week and General Self-Isolation Regime?
ALRUD Law Firm, March 2020

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation published, on its website, Recommendations (and Additions to them) for employees and employers, in connection with the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 25.03.2020 No. 206 “On declaring non-working days in the Russian Federation”...

PODCAST Congress Responds A Closer Look at the Families First and CARES Acts
Waller, March 2020

Welcome to PointByPoint. Conversations, interviews and legal commentary for today's business professionals. In this episode, Waller’s Mark Peters talks with employment attorney Kierstin Jodway about two of the major federal stimulus packages related to the coronavirus and what it means for businesses. Here is a transcript of the conversation: Mark Kierstin, thanks for being with us today...

How is the SIC Working at the Moment?
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

In recent days, COVID-19 has been the greatest destabilizer worldwide. The World Health Organization defines coronavirus as an extensive family of viruses that cause respiratory infections that can range from common cold to serious health complications such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)...

As Employers Work Towards Compliance, The Department of Labor Provides Third Guidance Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act
Dykema, March 2020

It seems the DOL has stopped sleeping these days, but that means more guidance for employers. In itsQs&As 38-59interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), the DOL shed light on the small business exemption, employees who can be exempted for the FFCRA leave provisions, and the interplay of the FFCRA and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FFCRA takes effect on April 1, 2020, so this guidance is, in a word, timely. Here are some highlights...

Shoosmiths Launches Coronavirus Client Support Measures
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2020

UK law firm Shoosmiths has been mobilising its legal advisors and support staff to keep its clients up-to-date on the many potential impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Its free, online COVID-19 hub is already packed with a wealth of information on topics that might have both short and long-term effects on business...

COVID-19 - Impact of the Czech Government Measures on Employment Relations
Kocian Solc Balastik, March 2020

Impact of the Czech Government measures on employment relations The current situation has a considerable impact on employment relations...

Department of Labor Issues Extensive Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ
Waller, March 2020

Beginning on March 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) has been steadily releasing information and guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). We have been reviewing those releases to find the important information employers need to comply with the FFCRA and have summarized our analysis below...

Coronavirus: Content of the government's Social Law ordinance
Jeantet, March 2020

After the publication in the Journal Officiel of the Law “emergency to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic”, the Government presented, Wednesday in the Council of Ministers, 25 ordinances and several decrees to deal with this health and economic crisis. These texts were published in the Official Gazette of 26 March 2020 and are therefore applicable. We present here the various measures adopted in Labour Law...

COVID-19: Nationwide Paid Week-Off and Anti-Crisis Measures to Support Business and People During Pandemic in Russia
ALRUD Law Firm, March 2020

On 25th March 2020,President Putin made an official COVID-19 address to the nation, in which he announced a series of measures aimed at reducing the spread of the COVID-19 and lower the negative impact on the Russian economy. Among others, President Putin stated that the period from March 30th till April 3th, 2020 would be a nationwide paid week-off, which is formalized by a special Presidential Decree, and which is obligatory for everyone in Russia...

APRIL 1 UPDATED NEW Q&As: Big Questions, and Even Bigger Answers, About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2020

UPDATED - Questions 12 through 18 are new to this article. We will continue to update as more frequently asked questions are posed. When Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("CRA"), it left much for the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") to explain. The DOL has started offering vital interpretations employers need to consider in making decisions over the next few weeks. 1.         When does the CRA become effective? April 1, 2020. 2...

Will COVID-19 Change the Way Courts Enforce - Or Not - Non-Compete Agreements
Waller, March 2020

Is now a time to think a bit differently about an old topic? Let’s see. This short article does not make that decision for your business or client. It does provide the reasons to consider it. Until the aftermath of COVID-19 passes through the American workforce, businesses experiencing coronavirus-related economic hardships will face difficult decisions. These include whether to furlough or layoff employees—an already challenging question...

Updated FAQ on Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Waller, March 2020

Two days after issuing its initial FAQ about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the Department of Labor (DOL) has updated the list, including adding 23 new questions. We will have full coverage of the updated FAQ soon...

Temporary Posting of Workers at the Time of a Pandemic
Cechova & Partners, March 2020

In these difficult times, many employers are facing problems related to low demand for their services and goods and the resulting lack of work to be assigned to their employees.On the other hand, there are also employers which are currently lacking employees (for example, due to the closure of schools, which caused many employees to stay at home with their children or because employees are kept in quarantine etc.)...

Recent Legislative Changes in Social Security and Employment
Cechova & Partners, March 2020

On 25 March 2020 the Slovak parliament approved relevant changes in the field of social security and employment to mitigate the effects of the outbreak of COVID-19. This new piece of legislation shall enter into force very soon immediately upon its publication in the Collection of Laws of the Slovak Republic. Allowance to Maintain Job Positions Already now certain employers may apply with the office for labour, social affairs and family for an allowance to maintain job positions...

Additional Coronavirus Relief Available to Michigan Businesses as Loans or Grants
Dykema, March 2020

In Michigan, additional coronavirus relief resources are available through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program established by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) and administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) as either loans or grants. Separately from relief offered by the U.S...

Alternatives to Employees and Employers to Promote Job Retention
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

The Ministry of Work issues a statement announcing measures for employees and employers to promote job retention...

 

 

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